Thursday, July 16, 2015

In 5/Under 5: Help Brighten Taliq's 10th Birthday

Hi everyone! Let me first quickly say that I am sorry for taking such an extended hiatus from ITLT and I MISS you all so much! I spent the last several weeks traveling and laying the groundwork for an exciting new direction I'm taking my life in, but I have not forgotten this wonderful little organization we've built. I can't wait to share news of my adventures, but before any of that, I have to share a special "In 5/Under 5" challenge.

If you're new to ITLT, this is a project that you can essentially complete in five minutes and for under five dollars. We LOVE these projects because they are usually such little tokens of love that really mean so much to the recipient. Similar to most of our past In 5/Under 5 challenges -- you guessed it -- it's a birthday card! I had a birthday while off traveling and it was the BEST ever. I'm usually not a huge fan of my own birthday, but for so many reasons June 26 was a momentous day. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent well wishes on instagram. Now, let's take a few minutes to wish Taliq a VERY special birthday!

On July 22, Taliq Davis turns 10 years old. Five months ago, Taliq was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare form of cancer that affects the lower back of the brain and causes the body's nervous system to lose function. He has since gained 55 pounds and is feeling pretty discouraged.

Apparently Taliq loves checking the mail and it would be SO great if we could surprise him with some birthday love. My favorite quote from the article was how his mother would love to make his day special "with help from the community." A lot of you already know that "community" is my favorite word; every time I use it, the definition evolves and grows, and I LOVE that she phrased it this way. WE are his community, so let's send an uplifting message to help Taliq get through a difficult time. Kids are resilient, but hopefully we can help him find a little extra courage and strength to fight this brain cancer.

His mother, Tanisha, is also asking for suggestions on how to encourage him out of bed. Brainstorm with your friends and family and send your creative ideas to Tanisha as well.

Send your birthday cards here:

Taliq Davis
5106 Donegal Bay Ct.
Killeen, TX 76549 

As always, let us know that you're participating in this project!

Share a photo of your birthday card with us on Instagram:
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